Education: Learning and Teaching MA
Duration and mode of study
Part-time over three years. Combination of face-to-face teaching and self study.
October each year.
You must usually have at least a second class honours degree or its equivalent, and qualified teacher status or suitable experience in an educational setting. Please contact us if you are uncertain whether your qualifications are suitable.
The MA in Education: Learning and Teaching gives those working in educational settings a valuable part-time route to a Masters degree. There is a choice of curriculum-based and specialist courses for the first two years, followed by a professional enquiry in your final year. If you already have Masters level credit, for example from a recent PGCE, or from NPQH or previous Postgraduate Certificates, ask us about using this towards your MA in Learning and Teaching.
There will be at least eight options available each year. In Year One and Year Two students will select any two Modules from those offered. The following list gives you an idea of the options available:
- Action Research
- Developing Leadership in Education
- Issues in English Education
- Issues in Mathematics Education
- Issues in Science Education
- Mental Health Problems and Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
- Mentoring and Coaching
- Promoting Language Development
- Specialist assessment and teaching of pupils with specific learning difficulties
- Specific Learning Difficulties; Dyslexia
- Teaching Mathematics
- Understanding and Managing Children with SEBD
Teaching and assessment methods
Most of our Postgraduate certificate courses, which you would take in the first two years, are taught courses, with seven days at the University spread over each year. There is also a requirement for additional study (equivalent to one day a term) for developmental work in your own school or with colleagues from the course, plus personal time for reading and assignments.
Assessment for Year One and Year Two will use a variety of methods, depending on the course taken. These might, for example, include a reflective journal, a short presentation about a pupil’s learning, an essay and a study undertaken in your place of work.
In the third year, instead of a traditional dissertation, students will join the Professional Enquiry course. This begins with taught sessions on research methods to provide you with the background you need for a study undertaken in your own school or setting. We will help you decide upon a topic for your enquiry, and will provide you with specialist support.
Find out more about this course on the School of Education website.